Arsenal make a couple of interesting signings…..

Well it looks like revolution at Arsenal continues with two new very interesting additions to our management set up. The Gunners have added two very experienced managers to oversee the development of our youths and coaches.

The first is the highly experienced Dutchman Marcel Lucassen, who used to work for the German FA, where he had responsibility for the individual technical and tactical development of the German national youth teams. And we all know how successful the Germans are at international football…

This is how the official Arsenal website described his appointment…

Marcel Lucassen joins us as head of coach and player development, responsible for all coaches and teams from under-9s to under-23s.

He joins from Al-Nasr FC in Dubai where, as technical director for the past three years, he has overseen the club’s youth academy and supported the UAE Federation in the development of their national coach education programme.

We also have Lee Heron arriving from Reading, who will be working with the younger players as well. During his 15 year stay at Reading, Herron has helped the club produce a constant supply line of talent which his seen youngsters progress from the academy to represent the first team. The likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Shane Long and Hal Robson-Kanu are just some of the players he has helped nurture and turn into international stars. He will be able to share his long experience with Per Mertesacker who will be in charge of the Academy players in the coming season.

We also welcome Lee Herron to the academy as our head of academy football operations. Lee joins us after 17 years at Championship club Reading, where he has been a key figure in making their academy one of the most effective in the game. He has been Reading’s academy manager since 2016.

Ivan Gazidis had already said that they wanted the new manager to keep up our tradition of bringing youngsters through and it looks like they mean business. We can expect a lot more “one-for-future”s arriving I expect!



  1. Martinz says:

    Nice! Fingers crossed!
    I hope this shake up yields the right results for AFC.

  2. Otunba_007 says:

    Slow and steady wins the race… change doesn’t happen overnight plus we are moving in the right direction… Gunners for life!!

    1. kev says:

      JUST IN:We have made an agreement in principal with Sampdoria for Torriera. Napoli are on standby if the deal falls through but are unable to compete financially for his signature. He also prefers a move to us.
      Sampdoria have signed his replacement Lovro Majer as he’s now Arsenal bound.

      Remember that Freiburg have also already signed Soyuncu’s replacement .
      Also do not forget as I told you that Emery and Wilshere’s talks were positive and he would sign on.

      1. John0711 says:

        Really hope so Kev Torriera is Kante mark2

      2. stubill says:

        Well done, this was reported at least 5 hours ago!

      3. John Ibrahim says:

        Please tell us more Resources

      4. Shekar233 says:

        You are one hell of a kid…

        You reported sokratis will be announced 100% on thursday and then said will be on friday and its sunday today.

        And you still have the stupidity to claim thr you know more than what any average arsenal fan. Just tell us some news which is not already being reported on the news.

        1. kev says:

          I thought it would happen on Friday but Dortmund don’t want the announcement because of the effect on their stock exchange. The same is reason they didn’t want Auba announcement.

        2. kev says:

          Griezmann will join Barca next which means there’s gonna be some development on Dembele.
          Learn to respect others bro even if you don’t share in their views or the way they behave.People call Mourinho classless but he’s got more class than some people here.

          1. Shekar233 says:

            Ok kev..
            I apologise for my comment…”shi**y mouth of yours”. It was the heat of the moment and i regreted right after hitting the post button.

            I was fed up of your constant inside knowledge stuff even after you have failed couple of times.

            I understand the excitement that you get when things you report actually come true.

            But when I hit an apple tree with 50 stones eventually atleast one gets hit.

            So that is what i think about what you are doing here..
            No disrespect from now on…though i will not recede from denying with your inside knowledge.

          2. kev says:

            No worries bro.I respect everything you just said.But what me laugh is you thinking this is some kind of achievement for me despite not knowing me personally.We should all respect ourselves as fans but unfortunately the world is not ideal.

  3. Break-on-through says:

    Allot of stuff behind the scenes, who’d have thought that there is an army back there that we rarely hear about. Many many roles, all of them sound authoritative, head this, head that. It’d be nice to get someone in who has the pulse of the S American market.

  4. Reyesorarsenal says:

    Felkir is still available… How I wish

    1. gotanidea says:

      Lyon must want more money

      60 million quids would be too much for the stingy Arsenal

      1. kev says:

        Deal broke down due to him failing 2nd medical.
        £60m was not a problem for Liverpool and even Aulas conceded defeat in a comment he made earlier today stating that Liverpool would get the deal done.

        1. gotanidea says:

          Fekir and Lacazette were teammates, an they are both French, they could work better than Ozil-Lacazette

          1. kev says:

            I don’t fancy him tbh.That’s just me.We need a player who really really loves to take on players and has end product.I hope we don’t buy Martin’s or any winger without end product because if that’s the case we might as well give our academy players a chance.

          2. Sign someone Orsin Venker says:

            Then Mahrez is your man , but will we buy him

          3. Declan says:

            Mahrez done deal with City at £75 million

      2. kev says:

        Torreira now done.
        Lovro Majer his replacement has been signed.

        Freiburg have also signed Soyuncu’s replacement though this happened a long time ago.

        1. Ackshay says:

          Let me guess he will be unveiled at 4pm this day,week or year maybe… Where’s sokratis?

          1. Shekar233 says:

            Yes.. That is what i keep saying about this child called kev…
            Keeps reporting shit as if they are happening in his back yard.
            And yet he doesnt forget to mention /remind us that he was the one who first reported the news.

            Wake up kid…all the news you utter from that sh*tty mouth of yours is already being reported in 10s of other news papers/channels.

          2. Declan says:

            We know he’s a chancer but your comments are a bit harsh to say the least!

          3. Ackshay says:

            Yes i have no problem with him reporting some rumoured deals that i may have missed but his constant i told you so like he’s some kind of big-shot behind the scene person who knows better than everyone irritates several persons including me here.

            Keep posting the news but drop the attitude man cause your inside info crap myth has been busted long ago.

          4. Ackshay says:

            Plus its easy for kev to get the bighead since some here cling to his ball-sack like he’s some god.

          5. kev says:

            I don’t have an attitude.Trust me this isn’t an achievement and no one here knows me personally and vice versa.
            I only said ”I told you so” once on the Litchtsteiner deal when people doubted it though it was always imminent.Besides I know continual bragging is annoying.I don’t gain real satisfaction from that.The satisfaction comes when the news comes to pass.

          6. Shekar233 says:

            Just as ackshay has said…

            I am definietly not against his reports about so called done deals.

            But what irritates me most is “you heard it from me first” crap that he utters in an attempt to convince us that he is the one who knows everything.

            I have already said it before that if some one really does knows credible stuff happening at arsenal , that some one would just say it so that us fans will be happy and not bother about if we are believing him or not.

            Just to prove how stupid his so called inside stuff sounds.. He said sokratis move was delayed coz of his minor passport problem. And now he says it is delayed coz of dortmund and that too for their stable stock market?

            Where is the credibility when you change the theme so many times?

            Yes, you do havr the right to report anything but stop acting like all the players are signed for arsenal only after thier contract files are signed by you.

          7. kev says:

            I have never said anything like “you heard it from me first”.Even when you look at what I report I don’t say anything like ‘you heard it from me first”.What’s the point if I say that?
            You can say I’m not credible but at least I’m willing to change my time hundred times as long as it’s the truth.
            You are the one who’s making yourself look all wise tbh.This thing is not an achievement at all as I keep saying .Its a shame how people here are treated why should even waste my time for such hate.
            I’ll do you all a favour and not report on any deals again after all I’d just sound stupid and seem like a child to all of you.

          8. John0711 says:

            Take no notice Kev ur information is interesting to a lot of us

          9. Martinz says:

            Come on Kevvi take no heed to their comments. I personally look forward to reading your updates since the Lichisteiner(urrghh did I get that right? ) deal. Keep up the good work!

          10. kev says:

            Your comments show how childish you are.
            You basically have no class but such are those who call Mourinho classless.
            Stop speaking nonsense I’ve only said ‘I told you so once on the Litchtsteiner deal where people doubted a deal that was always imminent just because of a player’s comments.This isn’t an achievement and you don’t know me personally so I don’t blame you.

          11. Declan says:

            Sokratis will be confirmed inJuly aparantly.
            I don’t know why.

          12. kev says:

            Dortmund don’t want the announcement because of the effect on their stock exchange. Same reason they didn’t want Auba announcement. Incidentally the timing works well for us because we’ve just launched a horrible kit and don’t want it to be overshadowed.

  5. Mudassir says:

    there’s hope for the academy since Messi came from lamasia (Barca’s academy ).

  6. Goonerboy says:

    Yes, must be a hell lot of a work at Arsenal right now, from setting the backroom staff and player transfers and all that.

    But thank God we have people assigned to responsiblities and not a one man show


  7. Counsel says:

    Lyon has confirmed fekir will stay at the club for the next season, Liverpool tried to lower the price after medical and the deal broke down

    1. gotanidea says:

      Arsenal should offer them Ozil plus some money in exchange of Fekir

      1. You want us to offer them an experienced, world-cup winning, guaranteed Germany starter with bags of career achievement PLUS money for Fekir who has won jack-squat? Are you joking? I believe it now, you really gotnoidea!

        1. Will says:

          Agreed ? IMO Ozil, Laca and Auba is a frightening prospect for any defence if Emery can get the system right. Not sure why everyone is in such a rush to offload Ozil

          1. Sue says:

            I’m not!! I’d like him to stay until he retires

          2. Declan says:

            Agree totally

    2. kev says:

      The deal was actually broken down due to him failing his 2nd medical.Fekir has been very disappointed as he failed his medical.Even some of the France players are offering him support on social media.

      1. gotanidea says:

        How could there be the second medical? Sounds like the failed Patrik Schick transfer from Sampdoria to Juventus all over again

        This would be Arsenal’s chance to snatch Fekir, while he is sulking

        1. arie82 says:

          He had major injury in right knee in the past

  8. Counsel says:

    I have no iota of doubt that we will sign both Toreirra and soyunyu those two were the among the brightest the best Young talents in Europe. Sokratis is bang average I’m happy that that rumour has died.I also took time to watch Ndombele and decoure vedeos,read various scout reports and checked their stats and I can confidently say that they are being over hyped here they are not yet arsenal material nothing special. Ndombele is athletic can dribble and pass well interns of progressing with the ball he’s good,but he doesn’t create much he’s ordinary interms of creating plus he’s not a DM so no more hype and I apologize for early saying we sign him .Soyuncu and Torreira have a bright future and will walk straight in the starting lineup

  9. Counsel says:

    Torreira is good defensively and offensively he is south American and you know what I mean ,the most fouled player they are tought diving at an early age in south America.He is better than kante I have done my research he is good enough for arsenal a DM

    1. jon fox says:

      Yes, Tom Daley was brought up in Plymouth , which is in South America then , presumably? Ashley Young too must then be South American! This shows the stupidity of saying people from such and such a country or region have different abilities, tendancies or faults from people from elsewhere. Footballers are human and have faults and abilities like all humans everywhere. This is entirely the fault or gift of that individual and where he(or she) was born is completely irrelevant. An earlier post by some idiot I read said that Africans have greater bone density, (than what, he didn’t specify. Presumably babies?) so sometimes you just have to read and weep at the sheer ignorance some post.

  10. Sean says:

    Torriera- True CDM sorted.
    Soyuncu – True CB sorted.
    *Backed up by the young Mavraponas also.

    Both 22 or under. 60m well spent of the budget.
    Jack signing a new deal, hopefully Ramsey does the same. Aubameyang, Mhikitarian & Lacazette all on long term deals. Bellerin, Chambers, Holding, Niles, Nketiah all young & have big potential to thrive under Unai Emery.

    Get a Good Young GK to add to Lichsteiner also,(Pers Exp really he covers & pushes Hector) then top if off with a winger of any age to really get down those songs taking players on & contributing to the goals & assists.

    1. Sean says:

      RW (Mhikitarian if RW isn’t bought)

      Potentially the starting 11 of next season. With possible subs;


      Koscielny when he’s back at Xmas!

      We could start this new era off with this team to start the proper rebuild once we got our target of UCL qualification!

  11. Break-on-through says:

    Torriera looks tasty on his youtube best bits. Reminds me slightly of Verratti in defensive style. Tough little so and so, nippy in tight areas and doesn’t go to ground easy. Good at getting on top of his player quickly and sticking a leg in, puts body on the line and is quick to mop up second ball. I like the look of the kid, he looks like an Argy/Urug CDM. It is only clips am going by but if Mislintat says he’s the one, then I’m excited. Lets hope we can finally nail down this position.

  12. KAY BOSS says:

    I’m being a bit naive, but Kev do u think we may sign any players in addition to the business we’ve done so far supposing we sell some players off?

  13. Sean Williams says:

    It seems we have signed loads of backroom staff. Shame we aren’t going to sign top players. I wish Unai Emery the best, but if Mr Greedy, Stan Kroenke doesn’t release funds, then the team as it is now will not win a thing. Maybe if they bought a midfield genius like Emil Forsberg, a human dynamo like Lucas Torreira, a winger like Gelson Martins, and a centre back or two we could compete. Trouble is the ‘Greedy Man’ won’t spend.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      empty stadiums to force the board to release the funds….

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        I am prepared to wait and see what transpires under “the trinity” in this transfer window. As well as Torriera as a DM, Emil Forsberg would be a great replacement for Santi Cazorla, as a deep lying playmaker. Anders Limpar speaks glowingly of him as the best Swedish International since Lewandowski.

        1. Ackshay says:

          Ehh… Lewandowski is polish

          1. Ozziegunner says:

            My apologies Ackshay, I meant Zlatan Ibrahimovic – old timer’s disease at 66!

          2. jon fox says:

            No Mr. Sheen is polish! Lewandowski is Polish. How the hell do foreigners ever learn English when we have two entirely different meanings for the same world? Presumably, by reading books! In Reading, Berkshire. Don’t mind me, as I have a keen sense of the absurd. Why else would I spend to much time worrying about a football team and club that doesn’t even know I am alive! I would further argue that all normal humans actively NEED a dose of absurdity , to remain(relatively) sane! Perhaps Lewandowski founded Mr. Sheen!

          3. Ozziegunner says:


        2. jon fox says:

          Until Emery was appointed, some considered the trinity to be Gazidis, Sven and Raul. The trinity now seems to include Emery and exclude Gazidis. AS IT OUGHT TO DO, CONSIDERING THAT HE IS THE ONLY ONE NOT TO HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP IN FOOTBALL. As a business man he is now , finally and far too soon , IMO, getting general praise. I for one , do not so easily forget the many lean years under Wenger, when we fans wer fed so many lies by Gazidis and when action was conspicuous by its absence. I do not reappraise history so easily as some have chosen to do, where he is concerned. Of course only a few on here have been around as a fan so long as I have . I remember a time WELL BEFORE THE ADMIRABLE AND DYNAMIC DAVID DEIN did Gazidis’ job. And did it with the passion of a true fan, whch he was and remains. Oh, to have DD back , as owner, CEO, IN FACT ALMOST ANYTHING, EXCEPT PLAYING!

  14. MONTFORT says:

    All am waiting to see now is Gelson Martins, a pace winger who can cause tramendous damage to da opposition!

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